Brexit: Arboriculture and Forestry

Opportunities

- Greater UK autonomy on phytosanitary requirements may avert future tree disease outbreaks.

- Weaker pound makes imported trees and timber more expensive, boosting the domestic market.

- Loss of Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) support for upland farmers may lower the price of such land or prompt landowners to switch to forestry.

Challenges

- Loss of CAP funding for farm woodland creation.

- General impact on economy leading to less money available for tree-related services.

Comment

David Henderson-Howat, president, Institute of Chartered Foresters

"The outcome of the referendum will clearly have far-reaching consequences for forestry and arboriculture in the UK. (But) even if EU environmental directives no longer apply, it seems likely that conservation interests within the UK will fight to prevent any radical changes of approach. In any case, the UK will remain committed to international agreements, such as conventions on biodiversity and climate change."

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